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1571  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 projects a year 2009! on: December 26, 2009 08:50:28 PM
klum, what a beautiful fall wreath!

I may have 50 projects now, I'll try to update my list in the next few days and give a final recap.
1572  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Make an easy, recycled triangle box on: December 22, 2009 10:19:55 AM
Thanks for the comments, ladies! Glad to see that some people like it.
1573  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Giant Squid plushie! on: December 22, 2009 01:04:45 AM
This is wonderful! It looks so cuddly, and I love all the things that come out of the stomach. Love it!
1574  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Labyrinth Swap Round Three (Sign ups 12/5/09 to 12/31/09) (Sendouts 2/1/09 ) on: December 20, 2009 11:08:54 PM
I'd love a painting or a mini art quilt - something to hang on the wall! A ballroom mask would be awesome too... or a Jareth doll! Or an "it's so stimulating being your hat" hat! Maybe a little oubliette pouch or messenger bag...
Yes, I have plenty of ideas! But I think my biggest wish is make something you're proud of - then I know it'll be awesome!
1575  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Thai style noodle & sweet pototo broth - vegan :) on: December 15, 2009 11:38:40 PM
Wow, this looks amazing! I'll try it next chance I get. Thank you!
1576  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Creating a Mexican Menu on: December 15, 2009 11:38:17 PM
My friends went down to the Yucatan and brought back with them a passion for panuchos! Apparently they are sold out of carts like hot dogs would be in the USA. Here are some that I made last year.
1577  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: how do you make mushrooms appetizing? on: December 15, 2009 11:18:55 PM
My most frequent mushroom concoction is sliced baby bellas (small portobellos) sauteed in oil with paprika, thyme, and rosemary. I'll put that on pasta with some cheese or just on toast, if I don't eat it all before I get the chance!
1578  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Labyrinth Swap Round Three (Sign ups 12/5/09 to 12/31/09) (Sendouts 2/1/09 ) on: December 15, 2009 12:15:10 AM
i keep coming up with idea after idea, i'm so excited!

Me too! I've already started hoarding Labyrinthine goodies. Cheesy
1579  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Re: My first ATC's too!! on: December 14, 2009 12:54:53 AM
I love all your ATC's! I am tottering on the edge of beginning this new addiction.
1580  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Make an easy, recycled triangle box on: December 13, 2009 09:53:29 PM

These little boxes are awesome! You can use them to organize craft supplies, to hold gifts, to stash your beading project on-the-go... whatever you need! They are very quick to make, and I'm sharing the pattern with you here - I didn't make it up, it's based on a box someone gave me that fell apart after many years of use.

Here's the pattern, hosted on flickr so you can download a large size if you want. You'll need the pattern, boxboard, a pen, a ruler, scissors, a tack or a nail, glue, clothes pins, and a length of round elastic.
Trace your pattern onto your boxboard, keeping in mind what you want to show on the top and on the side.

Cut it out and flip it over, then trace the lines on which you will need to fold (marked on the pattern).

Fold them all inward - it's easy to get a straight fold if you use the edge of a ruler. Now is also a good time to mark the little circle where the elastic will be.

Fold the little tabs in and fold the rest of the box up so you can see how it will come together. Take notice of any adjustments you may want to make when you glue it.

Glue the tabs on the inside of the walls of the box, holding it together with clothes pins (mini or otherwise Wink) until the glue is completely dry. I usually use mod podge or sobo craft glue on my boxes.

Notice how the edge of my box doesn't exactly line up with the edge of the wall? You don't have to do that, but I find my boxes sit better this way. This is one of the adjustments you should look for before you glue it.

Once the glue is dry, remove the clothes pins and measure out a length of elastic for your closure. The length will depend on how stretchy your elastic is - mine is pretty stretchy and I use a piece 7 inches long. Make sure to allow enough room to tie a knot on the underside.

Make a hole with your tack or nail where you marked earlier, and bring the piece of elastic through from the underside to the front. This can be annoying, so I usually use a piece of thread to pull it through, like a needle threader.

Knot your elastic so it doesn't slip out, and check to make sure it's a tight fit over your box.

You're done! Fill your box with stuff! Cheesy

Edit: Here's an alternate way to hold it shut if you run out of elastic, like I just did!

Just hold a length of ribbon in with a bead or a knot, and wrap the ends back around then spine and the up around front to tie.

I hope you find this useful; if you make some boxes I'd love to know about it.
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